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News Analysis

Time To Go, Chris

by Bruce Fisher

In the best of times, Buffalo is a hard sell. We’re a little city in the cold part of fly-over country, an inconvenient eight-hour drive from Manhattan, Boston, Washington, or Chicago—the big cities where America’s political, cultural, financial, scientific, educational, and entrepreneurial leaders live.

Week In Review

7 Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Film Feature

Two Semi-Serious Men: Interview With Joel & Ethan Cohen

by M. Faust

Mel Brooks once had a song called ‘Jews in Outer Space.’ That’s sort of the idea,” explains Joel Coen. Well, “explain” really isn’t the proper verb for a conversation with Joel and his brother Ethan, both of whom look like they rolled out of bed minutes before entering this Toronto hotel room.

Puck Stop

Sabres Tour Stop: One Big Road Trip Party

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Did you hear all those cheers in the crowd at the St. Pete Times Forum this past Saturday? When defenseman Tyler Myers connected on the lone shootout goal in the sixth shootout round to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, one watching on television might have thought that the game was being played here at home, judging by the crowd reaction.


Boom Round 2 Week 2: Colors In The Air vs. The Viva Noir

CONGRATULATIONS to Hunger Anthem for collecting the most online votes this past week. Just like that, they’ve secured a spot on the bill for our next live battle of the bands at Nietzsche’s on Friday, November 27.



4 Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria

5 Questions With...

Howard Simon and Jeremy White, Sports Radio Hosts

This November marks the fifth year that Howard Simon, left, and Jeremy White have manned the airwaves together as morning hosts of The Howard Simon Show on WGR 550 Sports Talk Radio. Providing topical sports discussion, (often) intentional comedy, and either solace or soundoff for suffering Buffalo sports fans everywhere, they have stomached some of the hardest years in Buffalo sports history.

Film Review

The Damned United

by M. Faust

If ever a movie was likely to be viewed differently by Americans audiences than in its home country, it’s this boisterous British drama about a soccer manager’s public burnout.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. October 30 - Thu. November 5)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Halloween 2009, with parties and events this Friday & Saturday.

The News, Briefly

The BMHA Auto Club

The Revolving Door

Kathy Kelly Speaks at Fundraiser Next Weekend

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The human brain’s 100 billion neurons may have such specific functions that a few electrically charge only upon recognition of a single celebrity, such as Oprah Winfrey or Bill Clinton. UCLA researchers, studying the healthy cells of pre-op epilepsy patients, inadvertently discovered this unusual property, which apparently varies with individuals but remains internally consistent, whether the celebrity is represented by picture, name or sound.



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Letters to Artvoice

A Choice on the Ballot

Collins's Aggressive Narcissism

Contemplating the Future


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Behind every face, there are a thousand faces,” says film director Bryan Singer, who worked on two of the X-Men movies. He deals with professional actors, who specialize in revealing the myriad faces beneath the surface.


Ask Anyone

Out of the blue, my wife and I were invited to a party by a couple who just recently moved back to town. Since we hadn’t seen these friends in a long time, we were excited to go. We called them up to say we’d be there, and wound up having a good conversation as we caught up on things.